Swedish and International South Asia related research networks

The Swedish International Agricultural Network (SIANI) was established in 2008 with support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida. The network focuses on agriculture and develoment, and aims at linking people working in agriculture in both rich and poor countries. SIANI is hosted by Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). SIANI's mission is to lay the foundation for a Coherent Swedish Response to the 21st century Food and Farming Challenge.

The Swedish Research Network: Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry for Development (Agri4D) was founded in 2009 with the overall goal of contributing to agricultural development and poverty alleviation in developing countries by stimulating the utilisation, and growth, of Swedish research competence. Agri4D is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida. The network works to promote sustainable development in agricultural sciences (including forestry, fisheries, veterinary practice and horticulture). It will be a portal that will allow an overview of current Swedish research and educational competence in pro-poor agricultural development. The network is hosted by the the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). The coordinator is Dr. Gert Nyberg from the Dept. of Forest Ecology and Management at SLU in Umeå. 
The Chairman of the Steering Committee is Prof. Magnus Jirström, Afrint, Lund University.

EURASIA-Net is a programme for ”Europe-South Asia Exchange on Supranational (Regional) Policies and Instruments for the Promotion of Human Rights and the Management of Minority Issues” (funded by the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission). EURASIA-Net was established in February 2008. The networking programme has a mission to improve cooperation and exchange between European and South Asian scholars and to improve circulation of South Asian research results in the field of supra-national instruments for the promotion of human and minority rights within the European scientific community and vice versa. Eventually it could lead up to the establishment of a ”South Asian Council on Minorities” within the SAARC organisation. The EURASIA-Net programme includes providing scholars from Europe a possibility to meet and exchange knowledge with their South Asian colleagues, and vice versa, via Study Visits, thereby generating new cooperation initiatives at bilateral levels between research institutions. The organisation of yaerly Summer Schools is also a regular feature. The first Summer School was held in Bolzano/Bozen in August 2008, and the second was held in Kathmandu, Nepal 17–28 August 2009. More information on the 2009 Summer School.

The programme is coordinated by the Institute for Minority Rights at the European Academy Bozen/Bolzano (EURAC) in Italy. The other European partners are the Centre for International and Public Law at Brunel University, UK; and Wilhelm Merton Centre for European Integration and International Law, University of Frankfurt, Germany. The South Asian partners are Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group in Kolkata, India; the South Asia Forum for Human Rights (SAFHR) in Nepal; the Democratic Commission for Human Development (DCHD) in Pakistan; and the Faculty of Law, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. There are also a number of associated partners, including the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC); the National Human Rights Commission in India; and in Scandinavia – the Dept. of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. 

The Asia-Pacific Population Research in Ageing (APPRA) is a network of researchers, NGO workers and civil societies based at the Oxford Institute of Ageing (OIA), University of Oxford, UK. The APPRA network initiates links and collaborative programmes between research institutions in Asia-Pacific region and the Oxford Institute of Ageing (OIA). It also tries to build a bridge between Asia and the Pacific scholars and policy-makers and will provide an opportunity to promote research collaboration, and the pooling of ideas as well as sharing experiences on ageing issues from countries across the Asia-Pacific region. The network members have the opportunity to focus on critical issues of common concern for the ageing population in the region and countries around the globe. Limited fellowship opportunities are also available for short research programmes. Current OIA research activities in Asia include a project on ”Health and ageing in Bangladesh”, where the focus is concentrated on the socio-demographic changes at macro and micro levels and their impact on health and ageing issues in Bangladesh, and a project on ”Poverty and vulnerability among older people in South Asia”. Dr. Hafiz T.A. Khan is the coordinator for APPRA. More information

The Danish Network for Pakistan Studies is a professional forum for academic and cultural knowledge exchange, and communication. The primary aim of the Network is to coordinate and strengthen unbiased research interests and studies on Pakistan and the Pakistani Diaspora, and thus convene a healthy platform for discussions and pooling of knowledge. The network chiefly includes students and scholars with cross-disciplinary backgrounds who come together in an informal atmosphere to discuss and share their research on ‘Pakistan' as a subject of study and exploration. It was created in 2010 by PhD fellow Iram Nisa Asif, Faculty of Humanities, History of Religion Section, Dept. of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen. 

A network trying to connect the academic community in South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka) was formed in 2008 as a Canadian initiative. It is known as the South Asian Regional Cooperation Academic Network (SARCAN), and is coordinated by Dr. T.V. Paul, James McGill Professor of International Relations at the Université de Montréal–McGill Joint Research Group in International Security Studies (REGIS) in Montreal. Mr. Manish Thapa from the Asian Study Center for Political & Conflict Transformation (ASPECT) in Kathmandu, Nepal, works as the Regional Coordinator of the network. The networking project is sponsored by the projects on ”Globalization and the National Security State”, and ”When Regions Transform: From Conflict to Cooperation”, both funded by the Fonds Quebecois de la recherche sur la societe et la culture(FQRSC) in Canada. The SARCAN network hopes to bring together the diverse groups of academics; organisations and practitioners working on multi-faceted issue areas of South Asian regional cooperation around the world by putting together a large online and searchable database of academic work, publications, organisations and their work profiles into one central site, where they can come together, increase their online presence and share information. Go to the SARCAN network web site

The Gender and Health Equity Network, GHEN, is a partnership of national and international organisations concerned with developing and implementing policies to improve gender and health equity, particularly in resource constrained environments. Three countries are participating in the GHEN project: India, China and Mozambique. GHEN began as part of The Global Health Equity Initiative, started by the Swedish International Develoipment Cooperation Agency, Sida, Harvard University and the Rockefeller Foundation. The secretariat is based at the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex University, UK, with support from Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm. The Network Steering Group is chaired by Professor Gita Sen of the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.

Peace networkA Swedish Network of Peace, Conflict and Development Research was formed in 2005, funded by a grant from Sida/SAREC. It is a joint effort of three university departments conducting research on these topics, in Uppsala (Dept. of Peace and Conflict Research), Gothenburg (Dept. of Peace and Development Research, PADRIGU, School of Global Studies) and Umeå (Peace and Conflict Studies, Dept. of Political Science). The Network is presently (2010/11) administered by Peace and Development Research at University of Gothenburg. National Coordinator is Johanna Mannergren Selimovicnew

The aim of the network is to support Swedish research on peace and conflict dimensions in developing studies, and to assist Swedish peace researchers in collaboration with researchers in the developing world. The network regularly organises important conferences on specific themes of high relevance. Among the conferences during the past years could be mentioned a November 2006 conference on ”Globalization and Peacebuilding”, with Prof. Niraja Gopal Jayal, Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, as one of the keynote speakers. This conference included a panel on ”The State of Conflict Resolution in Nepal”, coordinated by Dr. Fiona Rotberg from the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program, Uppsala University.More information.

As a follow-up to this 2006 Annual conference, the steering committee of the Network decided to publish the papers presented in a volume edited by Ashok Swain, Ramses Amer and Joakim Öjendal. The book was finally published in December 2007, with the title ”Globalization and Challenges to Building Peace” (Anthem Press, London). More information.

In May 2007, a conference on ”Diasporas and their involvement in peace processes” was held and in October 2007, a conference on ”The Democratization Project: Challenges and Opportunities” (from which an edited volume of conference papers will be published in 2008, more information). 

In September 2007, the Peace Network also organised a seminar titled ”The Legacy of M.K. Gandhi in India and the World”, in collaboration with the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation. The seminar highlighted Mahatma Gandhi’s concepts of nonviolent resistance and anti-colonialism that have changed the world after World War II.Click here to download the invitation poster.

The Peace Network is also involved in building up a Working Papers series, titled ” Working Papers in Peace, Conflict and Development Research”. It will be available freely from the website and will be advertised through the Peace Network Newsletter, the website and at Network events. The Series Editor is Ramses Amer. Go to the Working Papers website.

GADNET (Gender and Development Network) is another Sida/SAREC funded multidisciplinary national network of Swedish researchers and doctorate students. The network, with specific research interests in gender and development, was formed in April 2004 and was institutionally based at Global Gender Studies, School of Global Studies at Gothenburg University till December 2011. GADNET organises activities such as seminars and conferences all over Sweden, via key contact persons (called nodes) at different universities and university colleges. They form sub-divisions of the national network. GADNET regularly arranges DreamCatcher workshops, as they are called. The 2009 GADNET Dreamcatcher/GADIP workshop is entitled ”Gendered Resistance at times of Economic Crisis”, and was held at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg on Friday 30 October 2009.

Later, GADNET created a sub-network entitled GADIP. Its role should be to bridge the gap in knowledge and experiences between scholars and practitioners, building on excellent contacts with researchers, networks and practitioners in Europe and the South. Bi-annual combined GADNET/GADIP workshops will be arranged on highly topical issues, for instance on ’Gendered Migration’.
GADNET is run by sub-groups at the universities of Gothenburg, Lund and Stockholm. Until the end of December 2011 it was located and administrated by a 'sub-group' at the School of Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg. From January 2012 the responsibility has been transferred to the 'sub-group' at Lund university.
More information on GADNET

DevnetDevNet, The Swedish Development Research Network on Nature, Poverty and Power, was financed as a Sida research network grant during the period 2009–2012. Devnet was launched in order to support activities related to sustainable development at Swedish universities. The network is hosted by the Uppsala Center for Sustainable Development (jointly managed by Uppsala University and the Swedish Agricultural University, SLU).

Heidi MoksnesDr. Heidi Moksnes, researcher in social anthropology, is the DevNet coordinator. It organised seminars and conferences. More information


Pakistan Studies Group, was founded in the mid 1980s to address the frustration of scholars of Pakistan, geographically and culturally an extremely heterogenous country, encompassing aspects of South Asian, Middle Eastern and Central Asian cultures. The primary activity of the PSG has beento organise yearly Pakistan Workshop in the Lake District in England. Events that have attracted anthropologists, sociologists, economists, political scientists, geographers, demographers, missionaries, historians, development workers as well as non-academic members of the Pakistani community in Britain.

Gendering Asia Network is a Nordic network addressing researchers and students at Nordic institutes who are engaged in research on gender in Asia. As much Nordic research on gender in Asia consists of collaborative research in continuous dialogue with research by scholars in Asia as well as in other parts of the world, the network also invites scholars from the region of Asia and elsewhere to participate. Annual workshops are held, the first one in Kungälv, 19–21 May 2005.

The Indic Studies Network (IsNew) was established at the Conference on Religions in the Indic Civilisation, held in New Delhi in December 2003. This nascent organization aims to bring together individual scholars and academicians from the fields of religious and cultural studies of the region, providing linkages and a forum for vibrant intellectual study. IsNew is based at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in New Delhi, India.

International AIDS Economic Network (IAEN)  provides data, tools and analysis on the economics of HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment in developing countries, to help developing countries devise cost-effective responses to the global epidemic. The network began in 1993 as an informal group of researchers, policymakers, program administrators and others from development agencies, multilateral institutions, universities and NGOs. IAEN is a partner of Oneworld.net.

Global Health Watch is an alternative World health report, coordinated by the School of Public Health, University of Western Cape, South Africa. It is a broad collaboration of public health experts, non-governmental organisations, civil society activists, community groups, health workers and academics, initiated by the People's Health Movement, Global Equity Gauge Alliance and Medact. One of the intentions is to draw the attention of health workers and the World Health Organisation to the issues of food security, agriculture and nutrition as health issues. Go for the Global Health Watch for 2005-2006.

South Asia Network of Economic research Institutes(SANEI) is a regional initiative aimed to establish strong research interlinkages among diverse economic research institutes in the South Asian region. SANEI has a membership of 48 research institutes, 11 from Bangladesh, 22 from India, 3 from Nepal, 7 from Pakistan and 5 from Sri Lanka. The head office is in New Delhi.

SANEI in turn is part of the Global Development Network(GDN) – a collaborative initiative of development institutions globally, based in Washington, USA.

The research network SAATHII (Solidarity against the HIV Infection in India) strengthens the capacity of organizations working against the HIV/AIDS epidemic in India through networking, information dissemination, technical assistance and advocacy. It tries to bring together govenmental and non- governmental organizations, within and outside of India, working on HIV issues.

The Health & Development Networks (HDN) is a non-profit organisation who manages and moderates electronic discussion forums on international health issues, on behalf of the Swiss organisation Fondation du Present. Among the several e-mail discussion forums that are going on the SEA-AIDS Forum is focused on HIV/AIDS in the Asia-Pacific region, and Shohojogi-AIDS is a national forum on the AIDS situation in Bangladesh.